Montpellier suffered a shock defeat last round against Lyon (lost 5-1). Montpellier opened the score after only a couple of minutes but pretty soon got overwhelmed by Lyon’s lightning attacks.
Montpellier still created a couple of important chances and with a couple of minutes before the final whistle the scoreboard showed an acceptable 3-1. Lyon destroyed Montpellier by scoring again twice in extra time.
From a defensive point of view Montpellier made a lamentable game but not only players are to be blamed for the poor performance but coach Courbis also. With half an hour to go, at 2-1 for Lyon, coach Courbis lost patience and replaced a defender with a forward. Considering they were up against the best attack in Ligue1 this was simply a suicidal move.
The offensive phase looked pretty decent and Montpellier were unlucky not to have score more (even missed a penalty).
It was about time Reims got their first Ligue1 victory after the winter break. Recently they have been constantly improving and fully deserved to take all points last, round even if they played in numerical superiority for an entire half.
Attacking players are in great form and opponents had major difficulties in man-marking them. They were in a continuous movement and often changed play from one side to the other.
Reims were never solid in defense, especially away from home and mainly after the winter break when defenders seemed softer than usual (no clean sheet in away games in 2015).
This is a promising encounter with Montpellier eager to wash away the shame and Reims determined to build on last round’s victory. With both sides performing better in the offensive department we should expect an entertaining game. Over 2.50 goals at 2.20
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads
Montpellier: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Appiah, A.Yahia, Saad, D.Da Silva, Imorou, Raineau – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Lemar, Féret – Benezet, Privat, Bazile, Sala
Reims: Johny Placide, Kossi Agassa – Antoine Conte, Aïssa Mandi, Chris Mavinga, Franck Signorino, Anthony Weber, Mickaël Tacalfred – Grégory Bourillon, Prince Oniangué, Diego Rigonato, Alexi Peuget, Christopher Glombard – Gaëtan Charbonnier, Nicolas De Préville, Odaïr Fortes, David Ngog, Benjamin Moukandjo.